Complicating the Conversation on Strengths: Moving Strengths from Identity-Neutral to Identity-Centric
April 18, 2 p.m. Eastern 

Through strengths-based programming, students have the opportunity to increase self-awareness; however, critical conversations surrounding social identity, power, privilege, and the oppression of our marginalized students and colleagues are often left out or disregarded. This presentation seeks to complicate the conversation around strengths-based programming in leadership development in both formal and informal settings. 

About the Presenter

Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier is a student affairs professional and current doctoral student in the hgher education Ph.D. program at the University or North Texas. His primary research interests are education policy and its impact on marginalized students, community college research, and student affairs practitioners’ professional development.  As a leadership educator, he has utilized the StrengthsQuest assessment as a tool for first-year student success, as well as within the context of leadership programs with diverse populations of students.


If I Knew Then What I Know Now
May 15, 2 p.m. Eastern

Join these professionals as they share the lessons they have learned transitioning from students to professionals in the field. Bring your questions! This is your opportunity to find out what to expect as you move forward in your career. 

About the Presenters

Kristin Kreher joined the IUPUI professional staff as the coordinator for student programs and promotions in June 2017. Within her role, she advises the Student Activities Programming Board, plans signature events, and supervises the Gallery and Promotions Team, which is responsible for the operations of the Cultural Arts Gallery and for the marketing of various initiatives within the Campus Center and Student Experiences Unit. Prior to coming to IUPUI, Kreher was a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Center Programs at Ball State University, where she advised the University Programming Board and supported Late Nite, a weekly alcohol-alternative program.

Sarah Elizabeth Barrett is the scheduling coordinator at the University of California–Berkeley. Before graduating in 2016, she was also a student employee for the ASUC Student Union as well as a student leader in Berkeley's student government.  In her day-to-day work, Barrett oversees the Event Services Front Desk, approves permits for student groups, provides training on event planning to student groups and the student government, and leads the Event Review Team that processes all event registrations for major events across campus. She is also the office DJ.

Chelsea Harris is a program advisor in the Programs and Recreation Department at Purdue University. She oversees and advises the Purdue Student Union Board. This board coordinates volunteer students who plan more than 150 programs throughout the year. She advises four committee areas, including publicity, after dark, arts and culture, and current events. She oversees the Speaker Series, which includes speakers who engage with students on current topics that are affecting the world and college community, as well as many other aspects of programming on campus.